Bringing Back The Quality Horror With Bloodborne #6

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

Alfredius meets Clement with a left hook, and, naturally, the two men are suspicious of one another. However, they quickly learn that they share a goal: discover the cause of the Ashen Blood disease. They slowly share data with one another as they go about their daily lives. More hunters are being infected, a beast tears through the streets near Alfredius’ house, and Father Galhad proves ever more untrustworthy.

Bloodborne #6 cover by Morgan Jeske
Bloodborne #6 cover by Morgan Jeske

Bloodborne #6 is a vast improvement upon the previous issue. Where #5 suffered from too much interiority and not enough physicality, #6 unites our two new protagonists and sparks a charming friendship between the two.

Alfredius and Clement make quite the duo, too; Alfredius is far more arrogant and domineering while Clement is strong-willed but humble.

The threat of the beast in the street and the sick hunters adds a lot to the proceedings as well.

The application of science from Alfredius and Clement to a problem, for those familiar with Bloodborne, that we know can’t quite be explained with science adds a layer of unnerving tension to the story too. It’s a subtle touch, but it gives something distinct to the story.

Bloodborne #6 art by Piotr Kowalski, Brad Simpson, and letterer Aditya Bidikar
Bloodborne #6 art by Piotr Kowalski, Brad Simpson, and letterer Aditya Bidikar

Piotr Kowalski delivers once again with a highly-detailed and textured style that puts you in the world of Yarnham and its deadly terrors. The contrast between the calm city streets and the dark machinations within the Healing Church is a great balance, and the violence and monstrosities have this unnerving understatement to make the world even more foreboding. Brad Simpson’s color work cannot be overstated here either; his color palette works wonders for the world-building of this book.

Bloodborne #6 immerses its readers in the everyday life of Yarnham while two curious and possibly too ambitious fools dig into the mysteries of the Ashen Blood and the Healing Church. This one definitely earns a recommendation. I suggest giving it a read.

Bloodborne #6 comes to us from writer Ales Kot, artist Piotr Kowalski, color artist Brad Simpson, letterer Aditya Bidikar, cover artist Morgan Jeske, and variant cover artists Piotr Kowalski with Brad Simpson and Damien Worm.

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